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Barry Jacobs On Facing Big Guns

As Virginia Tech spins through its ACC schedule, the Hokies bring with them the top scorer in the NCAA, senior Erick Green. The 6-3 guard averaged 25.0 points through 21 games.

Creighton's Doug McDermott stood second with a 23.9-point average.

The only time an ACC player paced major-college teams in scoring, there was no Division I. The year was 1957, the player South Carolina's Grady Wallace. A transfer from Pikeville Junior College in Kentucky, Wallace averaged 31.2 points and was a unanimous All-ACC pick along with North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth, the league's player of the year.

Since then the ACC has had its share of prolific scorers, most recently J.J. Redick. The Duke guard averaged 26.8 points in 2006, finishing second nationally to Gonzaga's Adam Morrison (28.1). Redick also finished ninth in 2005 with a 21.8-point output.

Other than Green, who sees every member of the league at least once, the nation's top scorer has faced an ACC team only six times in the past 11 years. That's as far back as the NCAA Web site goes in reporting individual statistics.

ACC teams were 3-3 in those games.

Modern NCAA Season Scoring Leaders Against ACC Opponents
Year NCAA Leader School Avg. ACC Opponent Result v. ACC
2012 Reggie Hamilton Oakland 26.2 None
2011 Jimmer Fredette BYU 28.9 None
2010 Aubrey Coleman Houston 25.6 Maryland/NCAA 77-89 L
2009 Stephen Curry Davidson 28.6 N.C. State 72-67 W
@Duke 67-79 L
2008 Reggie Williams VMI 27.8 None
2007 Reggie Williams VMI 28.1 None
2006 Adam Morrison Gonzaga 28.1 Virginia 80-69 W
Maryland 88-76 W
2005 Kaydren Clark St. Peter’s 25.8 None
2004 Dennis Stanton Ursinus 32.6 None
2003 Ruben Douglas New Mexico 28.0 None
2002 Jason Conley VMI 29.3 @ Virginia 59-93 L